NEST 2013 (National Entrance Screening Test) for admission to NISER, Bhubaneswar & UM-DAE CBS, Mumbai

NEST 2013

NEST 2013 (National Entrance Screening Test) will be conducted on 25 May 2013 from 10 am to 1 pm in 42 major towns/ cities all across India.

About NEST 2013

The National Entrance Screening Test or NEST is a compulsory test for admission to the 5 year Integrated M.Sc. programme in basic sciences - Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics being offered by:

  • National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar
  • University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy - Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai

Both NISER and CBS are autonomous institutions established by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, in 2007.

  • Integrated Science Education and Research Centre (ISERC), Visva Bharati, is also participating in NEST 2013 and will admit students for its Integrated M.Sc. course from the Merit List.

NEST 2013 Important Dates

Start of Online / Offline application for NEST-2013

7 January 2013

Last date for receiving request for paper application form

20 February 2013

Closing of Online / Offline application

8 March 2013

Download / Dispatch of Admit Card begins

8 April 2013

NEST-2013 examination

25 May 2013 (Saturday,  10 am – 1 pm)

NEST 2013 Results (announced on website)

17 June 2013



All the candidates admitted to this 5 year Integrated M.Sc. programme at NISER and CBS are eligible to apply for the DST INSPIRE fellowship of Rs. 5,000 per month and Rs. 20,000 per year for carrying out summer projects.

Apart from this, the top performers at NISER and CBS, who secure overall grades above certain threshold at the end of final semester, will be eligible to appear directly for the interview for admission to the BARC Training School.

The students admitted to ISERC are also eligible for the DST-INSPIRE fellowship.

NEST 2013 Eligibility Criteria

Educational qualification

  • Candidates seeking admission to NISER and UM-DAE CBS for the academic session 2013-14 should be from science stream (having any combination of Biology / Chemistry / Mathematics / Physics) in class XII and must take the NEST-2013 examination.
  • Candidates who have passed class XII examination or equivalent from any recognized Board in India in 2011 or 2012 or are appearing in 2013 can apply for NEST-2013.
  • Admission will be offered strictly on basis of Merit List of NEST-2013.
  • Candidates securing at least 60% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade in class XII examination will finally be eligible for admission to NISER and CBS. Where only letter grades are available, a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent percentage marks is required. In the absence of such a certificate, the decision of the Admission Committee of the concerned Institution will be final.

Age limit

General and OBC category candidates born on or after 22 July 1993 are eligible to apply. The age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC / ST / Physically Disabled (PD) candidates.

Necessary certificates supporting eligibility criteria have to be furnished at the time of admission.

Number of seats & Reservation

The number of seats reserved for SC, ST, OBC Non-Creamy-Layer and PD is according to the Government of India norms. To claim seats under reserved category, relevant documents must be furnished at the time of admission. For the details of reserved seats and category certificates refer to the websites of the participating institutions.

The total number of seats assigned for the academic session 2013-14 is:
National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar: 60 seats
University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy - Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai: 35 seats
Integrated Science Education and Research Centre (ISERC), Visva Bharati: 21 seats

NEST 2013 Exam Pattern

  • NEST 2013 question paper will consist of 5 (five) sections:
  • Section 1 is compulsory for all candidates to attempt and will have questions on general science to test candidates' awareness towards basic scientific facts. There will be no negative marking in this general section.
  • Sections 2 through 5 will contain questions from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Candidates are required to answer any three of these four sections.
  • The questions will be of objective (MCQ) type designed to test candidates' subject comprehension and analytic ability.
  • In the subject sections, there will be negative marking for incorrect answers.
  • Some questions can have one or more correct answers for which marks can only be earned by marking all correct answers.
  • Language of the question paper will be English only.


General Science

No negative marking

Compulsory section



negative marking

Attempt any 3 out of these 4 subject sections



negative marking



negative marking



negative marking

Answering questions

The answer to each question has to be marked on an OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheet. The top half of the OMR sheet will be for filling personal details like name, roll number, application number, question set etc. and has to be filled in either by writing or by darkening bubbles using black ball-point pen. The lower half of OMR is for the answering questions of various sections, where the candidate is expected to darken the bubble(s) against correct answer(s) using dark lead pencil.

NEST 2013 Syllabus

The syllabus for NEST-2013 usually follows the NCERT / CBSE science syllabus of class XI-XII.

Click here to access the detailed syllabus for NEST 2013.

There is, however, no specific syllabus for the general section. This section aims to test your familiarity with (not detailed understanding of) major historical milestones in subjects like astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, computer science and environmental science. Some of the questions in this section may require knowledge of class X mathematics.

NEST Previous Years'Question Papers

Going through previous years' NEST question papers would help you get a good idea about what to expect for NEST 2013. We have collated for you the NEST questions papers from the year 2007 - 2012. You can go through these and prepare better for NEST 2013!

NEST 2007 question paper
NEST 2008 question paper
NEST 2009
question paper
NEST 2010
question paper
NEST 2011
question paper
NEST 2012
question paper

Application process of NEST 2013

To apply for NEST-2013, candidates can fill-up application form either online (preferably) or offline.

Online application: To apply online for NEST 2013, you would first need to register.

Click here to register.

You will get a mail to confirm and activate your login. Please check your SPAM/Bulk/Junk folder also. If a mail from 'NEST 2013' is found, select it and click "Not SPAM". If you fail to get the mail even after an hour then please notify the authority to manually activate your login.Once it is confirmed, you can login and fill the online form.

•    NEST-Online has been made extremely flexible with regard to filling up the form and uploading photo/signature.
•    The online form can be saved in more than one sittings.
•    Hence, it doesn't matter whether you make the DD/NEFT first or fill the form first.
•    You can initially save the form with information that are readily available and later you should consider filling other details (in next login).
•    You should read instruction given in image upload page before putting your hand in to it.
•    Only after completion of all the formalities, you should go for printing the form.
•    Duly write your 5-digit application number and name at the back of the DD and send it by regd/speed post to the Chief Coordinator.
•    Check form status periodically until you see all the status messages in green. You can send a mail if you find "DD/NEFT not received" even after a week of sending the DD/NEFT.

Incomplete application in any respect will be summarily rejected. Online application opens on 7 January 2013 and last date of application is 8 March 2013.

Offline application: Candidates may send request letter to the Chief Coordinator NEST-2013 at the address below for paper-copy of the application form. The candidate should fill up the form, attach photo, sign and return the completed application form along with the application fees (in the form of DD) to the Chief Coordinator by post, preferably speed post.

Incomplete application form or form without DD will be summarily rejected.

The last date for requesting paper application form is 20 February 2013 and last date for receiving application is 8 March 2013.

Application Fee

The application fee for the male candidates of General / OBC category is Rs. 700. The application fee for SC/ST/PD and all female candidates is Rs. 350. The fee can be paid either by Demand Draft or Electronic Transfer:

Demand Draft — DD for required amount may be made from any bank and should be drawn in favour of The Chief Coordinator, NEST-2013 and payable at Bhubaneswar. Candidate must write her/his name and application number on the back of the DD. The DD has to be sent preferably by speed post at the address given below and must reach on or before March 08, 2013.
Electronic Transfer (NEFT) — The candidate may transfer the required amount electronically to NEST-2013 account from any bank. After the transfer is complete, candidate must enter the transfer details in appropriate place in online application form (for online application) or printed application form (for offline application). The transfer should be made to:

Account name: NISER – NEST
Account number: 147601000015979
Bank name & branch: Indian Overseaes Bank, Chandrasekharpur Branch (Bhubaneswar)
IFSC / RTGS code: IOBA 0001476

Applications incomplete in any respect or not accompanied by requisite fee will not be accepted


The request for paper application form, completed paper application form, Demand Draft and any NEST2013 related queries by postal mail must be sent to:

The Chief Coordinator, NEST-2013
NISER, Institute of Physics Campus
Sachivalaya Marg, P.O. Sainik School
Bhubaneswar – 751005, Odisha

For any queries requiring quicker response, contact at —
Phone: (0674) 230 4036

NEST 2013 Exam Centres

Center Name

Center Code

Center Name

Center Code

Center Name

Center Code

Agartala, Tripura


Delhi East


Nagpur, Maharashtra


Ahmedabad, Gujarat


Delhi North


Patna, Bihar


Allahabad, UP


Delhi South


Pune, Maharashtra


Belgaum, Karnataka


Guwahati, Assam


Raipur, Chhatisgarh


Bengaluru, Karnataka


 Hyderabad, AP


Ranchi, Jharkhand


Berhampur, Odisha


Indore, MP


Sambalpur, Odisha


Bhopal, MP


Jaipur, Rajasthan


Shilong, Meghalaya


Bhubaneswar, Odisha


Jammu, J&K


Shimla, HP


Burdwan, WB


Kochi, Kerala


Silchar, Assam


Calicut, Kerala


Kolkata North


Siliguri, WB




Kolkata South


Srinagar, J&K


Chennai, Tamil Nadu


Lucknow, UP


Udaipur, Rajasthan


Cuttack, Odisha


Madurai, Tamil nadu


Varanasi, UP


Dehradun, Uttaranchal


Mumbai, Maharashtra


 Vishakapatnam, AP


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